What is Scar Removal?
Scar removal, also sometimes known as scar revision, is a cosmetic treatment designed to improve the appearance of existing scars by modifying their size, shape, or overall appearance.
How Does Laser Scar Removal Work
Laser scar removal, also known as laser skin resurfacing, uses a laser beam composed of very intense light energy. Surgeons will direct the laser over the scar and the beam breaks down the outermost layer of skin, called the epidermis.
At the same time, the inner layer of the skin, called the dermis, is subject to the heat from the laser. This stimulates collagen production and allows the skin to repair and reconstruct itself. The strength and the depth of the laser treatment will depend on your scar’s needs.
As laser treatments break down the topmost layer of your skin and stimulate natural repair, they are effective in reducing the size, color, and texture of scars, no matter where those scars are — even on your face.
Some patients may feel discomfort with laser skin resurfacing on their face as the skin on the area is particularly sensitive. Your comfort is our priority, so we numb your skin with local anesthesia before treatment begins.
If the area you’re targeting for scar revision is rather large, you may be sedated for the procedure.
How Long Does Laser Scar Removal Take
Laser scar removal takes quite a while, although maybe not for the reasons you would imagine. The actual surgical procedure can be completed in as little as 30 minutes to two hours, although you might need additional sessions over several weeks or months to achieve the results you want.